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Title: Welcome to Kindergarten!


1
Welcome to Kindergarten!
  • East Penn School District

2
Welcome!
  • This is the beginning of an exciting journey into
    the world of elementary school. In this brochure,
    you will find information about the Kindergarten
    program and ways we can work together to help
    your child have a wonderful school experience!

3
Kindergarten Philosophy
  • Kindergarten makes a unique contribution to the
    education of children in East Penn because it is
    the first year of a childs formal public school
    educational experience. Basic procedures that
    will be used in succeeding levels of school are
    introduced as part of the kindergarten program.
    Equal emphases are placed on the academic,
    social, emotional and physical growth of the
    child.
  • We recognize that children come to kindergarten
    with a wide variety of abilities in these four
    areas. Therefore, large-group, small-group and
    individual activities are planned by teachers for
    specific purposes throughout the kindergarten
    year.
  • The curriculum is designed to provide educational
    experiences appropriate for the developmental
    level of kindergarten children and to prepare
    each child for first grade. An emphasis is placed
    on promoting inquisitiveness, capitalizing on the
    natural curiosity of children and fostering a
    love of learning.

4
Registration
Registration of a child for assignment to an East
Penn kindergarten is complete when the following
items have been verified
  • Proof of the childs birth date (State Birth
    Certificate). To be registered, the child must be
    5 on or before September 12.
  • Verification of immunization for diphtheria,
    tetanus, polio, German measles (rubella),
    measles, mumps, chicken pox (varicella) and
    Hepatitis B.
  • Two proofs of residency (see registration forms).
  • Proof of identification Valid Parent Photo ID.
  • Completed registration packet.

5
East Penn Elementary Schools
  • Alburtis Elementary 610-965-1633
  • Jefferson Elementary 610-965-1645
  • Lincoln Elementary 610- 965-1636
  • Macungie Elementary 610-965-1617
  • Shoemaker Elementary 610-965-1626
  • Wescosville Elementary 610-395-5851
  • Willow Lane Elementary 484-519-3300

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Assignment
  • Your child will attend one session, either
    morning or afternoon. Several factors, including
    transportation schedules and enrollment
    equalization, are taken into consideration in
    making assignments.
  • For special reasons (parents work schedules,
    daycare situations, home emergencies, etc.) you
    may request assignment to a particular session
    and we will make every effort to accommodate you.
  • Assignment letters and transportation information
    will be mailed home in August.

7
The Kindergarten Program
  • The kindergarten program provides opportunities
    for your child to learn to relate to others and
    build respect for the teacher and his/her
    classmates.
  • Experiences are provided which increase knowledge
    and improve skills, develop good habits and
    attitudes, and build understandings of
    responsibility to self and the group.
  • A good classroom atmosphere helps a child develop
    a sense of security and belonging. Natural
    curiosity is directed into a zest for learning.

8
Weekly Time Allotment
  • Kindergarten programs must be flexible. Each
    teacher sets up a schedule that best suits the
    needs of the class and the school. The weekly
    time allotment of approximately 800 minutes per
    week is a basis on which teachers build daily
    programs that include
  • Opening, closing activities
  • Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Social Studies
  • Science
  • Health, Safety
  • Music, Art
  • Library
  • Physical Education
  • Please visit our East Penn website under
    Curriculum at www.eastpennsd.org to access the
    curriculum for Kindergarten.

9
Language Arts
  • The kindergarten Language Arts curriculum is
    centered around reading and writing activities
    that help children progress on their journey
    toward literacy. Developmentally appropriate
    learning opportunities enable children to explore
    oral and written language through active learning
    that incorporates reading and writing
    experiences.
  • Reading to children, with children and by
    children are all integral parts of the
    kindergarten day. The relationship between
    sounds, letters and words is explored as the
    children learn about reading and writing.
  • Content areas are integrated into the
    kindergarten program through the inclusion of a
    wide selection of childrens literature.

10
Language Arts
  • Through kindergarten experiences your child
    develops
  • Auditory Abilities Reasoning
  • Hearing sounds Solving simple problems
  • Discriminating between sounds Planning
  • Visual Abilities Sequence of Ideas
  • Likenesses-differences In stories
  • Memory In experiences
  • Left-to-right and top-to-bottom In classroom
    activities
  • Listening Skills Love of Literature
  • Stories Storytelling
  • Directions Listening to stories
  • Vocabulary and Word Meaning Poetry
  • Experiences
  • Class interest and activities

11
Mathematics
  • In kindergarten there are many opportunities for
    children to use numbers and hands-on math
    materials.
  • Children participate in activities that provide
    experiences in the following areas
  • Problem Solving and Reasoning
  • Look for patterns
  • Use a graph
  • Classify objects
  • Use manipulatives
  • Use calculators and computers

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Mathematics
  • Number Sense Money/Consumer Skills
  • Recognize, read and write numbers Recognize
    penny
  • Label sets of objects Recognize nickel
  • Identify whole numbers Recognize dime
  • Counts in sequence Use coins to solve problems
  • Mental Math/Estimation Geometry/Spatial Sense
  • Estimate number of objects Recognize circle
  • Estimate measurements Recognize triangle
  • Estimate various time components Recognize
    rectangle
  • Recognize square
  • Recognize diamond
  • Recognize 3-D objects

13
Social Studies
One aspect of the kindergarten program is that of
social living. It is designed to help your child
acquire knowledge, habits and skills that result
in understanding how people live and work
together.
  • Responsibility Member of a Responsibility
    Member of a Family Kindergarten Class
  • A family group Working together
  • Living together Care of room and materials
  • Working together Learning about school
  • The family community Learning about the
    playground
  • School
  • Government
  • People Places Long Ago Today
  • Community helpers Our country
  • Heroes and leaders Transportation
  • Housing Communication
  • Geography Holidays

14
Science
The kindergarten child is curious and eager to
watch, touch and question. The science program
provides daily exposure to scientific concepts.
Some of the areas that may be explored are listed
below
  • Natural Phenomena
  • Weather
  • Seasons
  • Mechanical Processes Living Things
  • Transportation Animal babies
  • Construction Animals the environment
  • Tools technology

15
Creativity and Play
Creative Expression Children learn to work
creatively with paints, chalks, blocks, crayons
and clay. Through music, they gain pleasure and
skill in group singing. Rhythmic activities help
develop muscular coordination and poise. Play
Activities Play activities contribute to your
childs whole development physical, mental,
emotional and social. Through play (directed and
supervised), physical ability and control are
gained. The physical education program includes
the following activities
  • Choosing Body Control
  • Senses Gymnastics
  • Dramatics Imitation
  • If there is need, special physical
    activities can be provided.

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Getting Ready for Kindergarten
  • Be consistent and reasonable in the behavior you
    require.
  • Share experiences and places of interest explain
    what is seen.
  • Listen as experiences are being shared with you.
  • Offer experiences that teach your child to share
    and take turns.
  • Give encouragement freely. Be enthusiastic about
    schoolwork, but do not expect perfection.
  • Never make comparisons with other children in the
    family or neighborhood, because every child is
    different.
  • Help your child to accept corrections when needed
    without becoming upset.
  • Help your child develop self-confidence. Praise
    your childs strengths and discuss ways to solve
    problems.
  • If your child tells you a disturbing story, talk
    it over with the teacher immediately rather than
    simply attributing it to a vivid imagination.

17
Getting Ready for Kindergarten
  • Label all clothing or anything else your child
    takes to school.
  • Work with your child to learn the following
  • To say first and last name, address and phone
    number
  • How to get to and from school safely
  • To recognize own possessions
  • To tie own shoe strings
  • To button, snap and zip
  • To put on and remove outer clothing and hang it
    up
  • Set aside a daily time to read to your child.
  • Involve your child in family outing and learning
    experiences.
  • Encourage appropriate speech in sentences,
    without baby talk.
  • Make opportunities available for play with other
    children of the same age.
  • Assign simple duties at home and expect them to
    be carried out.

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Before School Starts
  • We will
  • Make sure that each kindergarten classroom has a
    warm, understanding and serious teacher who will
    help your child make a good start.
  • Prepare materials and equipment.
  • Set-up the transportation schedule. Not all
    children will be transported. The same rules for
    transporting other elementary children apply to
    kindergarten.
  • Prepare for Kindergarten Orientation before the
    start of school.
  • Prepare for the Parent-Teacher Conferences in
    fall and spring.

19
The First Day of School
  • If your child will be transported by bus, wait at
    the bus stop until the bus arrives. Make certain
    the bus tag, which will contain valuable
    information for the bus driver and teacher, is
    worn for the first few days of school. Help your
    child learn the number of his/her bus.
  • If you accompany your child to school, follow
    specific drop-off procedures for your school.
    Give a cheerful, but firm, farewell. The teacher
    will call you in case you are needed.

20
Attendance
The kindergarten child should abide by the same
rules and attendance regulations as other
children in the elementary school. Each child
should be present unless absence can be
classified as excused.
  • Excused Absences
  • Illness, death of close relative, quarantine,
    impassable roads, inclement weather,
    exceptionally urgent reasons.
  • Unexcused Absences
  • Visiting, away from home, or overslept.
  • Notify the teacher when your child is going to be
    absent for three or more days.

Coming to school every day, on time, is very
important. It will help develop good habits and
aid progress in schoolwork. Appointments with
physicians and dentists should be made for after
school hours.
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If you have a question
  • When you have a question
  • Classroom teachers, IST teachers, guidance
    counselors and building principals are
    responsible for the workings of each building. If
    you have a question or problem, it can be best
    answered or solved by speaking to the person or
    persons responsible for that area.
  • Classroom Situation
  • The best person to talk to about your childs
    academic progress, classroom behavior or daily
    concerns is your childs teacher. You can contact
    the teacher easily by sending a note, emailing or
    calling the building to schedule a personal or
    phone conference.

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If you have a question
  • Building Assignment Asst. Superintendent (610)
    966-8321
  • Bus Assignment or Stop Transportation Office
    (610) 421-6039
  • Elementary Academic Progress Classroom Teacher or
    Support Teacher
  • Building Principal
  • Parent Volunteer Building Administrative
    Assistant
  • School Parent Group
  • Community Liaison (610) 966-8335
  • School Closings Channel 69
  • Local Radio Stations
  • District Website (www.eastpennsd.org)
  • Autocall
  • Elementary Classroom Assignment Building
    Principal
  • Special Medication Classroom Teacher
  • Nurse
  • Elementary Assignments During Illness School
    Administrative Assistant
  • Classroom Teacher
  • Family Vacations on School Days Principal
  • Communicable Diseases School Nurse
  • Special Education Services Student Services
    Office (610) 966-8355

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Thank you!
  • Have a great year!
  • We are glad you are with us!

24
EPSD Board of School Directors
  • Alan C. Earnshaw, President
  • Kenneth Bacher, Vice President
  • Charles Ballard
  • Lynn Donches
  • Francee Fuller
  • Rebecca Heid
  • Ziad Munson
  • Samuel Rhodes, III
  • Rev. Waldemar Vinovskis
  • Janine Allen, Board Secretary
  • Debra Surdoval, Treasurer
  • Marc S. Fisher, Esq., Solicitor
  • Dr. J. Michael Schilder, Superintendent of
    Schools
  • The East Penn School District is an equal
    opportunity education institution and will not
    discriminate in its educational programs,
    activities, or employment practices on the basis
    of race, color, national origin, sex, age,
    religion ancestry, disability, union membership,
    or other legally protected classification.
    Announcement of this policy is in accordance with
    state and federal laws, including Title VI, Title
    IX, Section 504 and the Americans with
    Disabilities Act. For information regarding 1)
    civil rights, 2) grievance procedures, 3)
    services, activities and facilities that are
    accessible to and useable by disabled persons, or
    4) employee or participant complaints harassment
    or discrimination, contact Personnel Office,
    Compliance Officer, 800 Pine St., Emmaus, PA
    18049 (610) 966-8330.

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EPSD 1/2015
Vision The East Penn School District will
empower students to maximize their potential and
become lifelong learners and contributors to
society. Mission The East Penn School District
will provide a learning environment in which
students become problem solvers, collaborators,
and critical thinkers.
Administrative Offices 800 Pine Street Emmaus, PA
18049 (610) 966-8300 24-hour Information Line
(610) 966-8480
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